Lucifer | Brouwerij Riva S.A.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Riva S.A.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brand and brewing was transferred to Het Anker in 2008.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of FreshmanPour77
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the Ginger Man in Austin, and was not very impressed. I remember having this a decade ago in Quebec and being quite a bit more impressed with it...but there've been a lot of very good beers that've come into my life since then.

It poured a hazy straw color with about a cm of white head in a tulip glass. Aroma was pretty hay-like and papery, and a bit oxidized. Flavor was more wet-newspaper with quite a bit of maltiness. There was none of the effervescence of say an Atomium, and none of the light spiciness of a Duvel. It was just sort of bland and disappointing. Mouthfeel was a bit flat and unremarkable.

If this is a representative sample of this beer, I would not recommend it. I had this beer on-tap at Ginger Man in Austin.

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Photo of Commandogeraldo
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter-style glass. Looks pretty nice, pours a good head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing. Aromas are not very strong, but I sense floral and hoppy notes. Citrust as well. I am not crazy about the taste; approach is good, mid is good, but then on the end of the finish, what the? Weird afterfunk in my opinion. Mouthfeel is pretty good, coats the tongue and roof of the mouth. Bit much carbonation for my taste. Not crazy about this one. I was told it tasted like Duvel, but whoever said that I will have to disagree with them. Also, for the price (about 10 bucks for four), I don't think I'll be returning to this one anytime soon.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/23/2007 (bottle):

Pours a big foamy white head, with big bubbles, but is quickly diminishing. Body is a pale yellow color, and clear. Has a very flowery aroma, very sweet. Has a nice flowery taste, very Belgian-like. Somewhat bitter. Okay.

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Photo of Vancer
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, poured this without swirling, and I have more floaties and chunks that I could ever imagine, doesn't look too good in the clear golden brew from the squatty 11.2 bottle.

Phenolic plastic in the aroma, this is going south quickly. Blah taste of old summer fruit and malt. Not boozy, but not a good tasting brew either. Glad I only grabbed one for a taste - won't go back for anymore.

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Photo of Brent
2.54/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Foamy head of tiny white bubbles, quickly faded to thin sheen of lace. Very busy carbonation bubbles race from the bottom of the glass. Pale yellow/gold, almost glowing. Sharp yeasty and somewhat metallic aroma. Flavor is rather coarse - lightly fruity notes quickly brushed aside by husky malt and raw alcohol elements. Duvel's unrefined cousin.

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Photo of Crosling
2.54/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden colored beer. Wispy, well lasting and layered foam. Polish, leather and fruit aroma isn't great. Flavor is lightly malty, fruity and sweet. Boozy and poorly balanced, with out any depth. Lacking yeast driven flavors as well. Not dirty, but not clean either. Just a poor Belgian overall.

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Photo of packetknife
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow color, very foamy very aggressive and lingering white head. Very yeasty on the nose and tongue, sharp and spicy. Seemed overly yeasty, maybe not bottle friendly? Across the tongue it had a pop-rocks type of sensation that I did not enjoy. Didn't feel like a high ABV though. Underwhelmed given what I read about it before.

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Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A lot of these duvel imitators are hit and miss, this is a big fat miss from me, a bit fizzy and thin, even a bit chemically towards the end, and the alcohol is too evident, the Belgian yeast and slight spicy flavour, make up for the rest, and make it slightly interesting, but not really a good example of the style, stick with Duvel.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.72/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown squatty 33cl bottle, best before 06/2010, drank on 26th Oct 2007. My bottle says it is brewed by a Liefmans Brewery.

Poured into a Leffe glass it came out a golden clear yellow and a large white head sat on tap, sadly the head shrank away very swiftly.

I got carbolic soap mixed in with the yeast when I put my nose to it, not a good aroma to me.

Full on alcohol taste and more lagerish than a normal Belgian Ale.

The aftertaste was thin although the alcohol does linger.

A little disappointed with this beer, I was expecting more flavour and more umph.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly cloudy, with a golden color tinged with green. Smells of Saaz hops, overripe white fruits and sweetish pale malts. On the palate, mainly sweet notes first off that stick to the palate with a slightly artificial/nutrasweet character. Hop bitterness is most forceful at the mid-palate, while the finish remains fruity and thick. Overall, this is pretty lackluster for the style. Lots of better examples out there with more balance, depth, and interesting nooks and crannies. This is just basic and uninspiring.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice light golden colour, lots of carbonation, excellent frothy head. In fact it acts almost exactly like champagne. Nice.

Smells lagery but lots of alcohol on the nose. It's not an unpleasant smell, but I don't immediately feel like selling my house in order to buy a lifetime's supply of this. And that's not just because I don't own a house.

Taste - Lotza alcohol hit. In fact it's almost a lotzxa alcohol hit, it's worth putting an 'x' in there. That's stating the obvious (maybe not about the 'x' but certainly about the alcohol). It tastes mostly beer-y but it is very strong, there's an intense fermented hit to it. Is it hideous? No, in fact if anything I'd say this is ideal as a winter warmer beer. It gives you that lovely throat-burning sensation like a good scotch or brandy. Overall I'd go with something slightly more alcoholic because if you want that heavy sensation, you at least want the benefit of getting maggoted more quickly.

(I thought at this stage maybe the bar had done the wrong thing by this beer in serving it chilled, so waited ten minutes or so)

Yeah actually, there is flavour there. In fact, at room temperature the nose is massively alcoholic and the taste less so. It's just a slight fruit hint though, little else. In fact it reaffirms its similarity to champagne. Sadly it doesn't have champagne's richness, its subtleties or its gorgeous flavour. Essentially it's just a lager, with what seems like too much alcohol.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Hazy yellow/gold color with a medium thick white head and thin lacing. Aroma of spice, clove and yeast. Fairly crisp with a bitter character and flavors of wheat, pepper, fruit and a little alcohol. The finish is very carbonated. I really was not too impressed with this one.

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Photo of KingSlender
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle picked up at Bev Mo.

Glassware - zig-zag tulip

Pours a bright yellow....very lagerish. The head forms up nice but dissapates very quickly. The head is also very thin and leaves no lacing as I swirl the beer around.

The smell is OK...typical belgian blond. I'm picking up a bit of apple and orange.

The taste is nothing special. Very light on the palette and the flavors seem somewhat restrained. For an 8% beer I'm not picking up on the alchohol at's very disguised. A sour tartness is present along with a bit of sweet fruitiness.

Probably one of my least favorite belgians. Not recommended.

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Photo of DrJay
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour with white foam that showed excellent lacing and retention. Bready, yeasty aroma with a pronounced sugar component and a bit of cheese. This pretty much summed up the flavour too, just take away the cheese and insert a bit of pear. A bit overly sweet. Sharp carbonation, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of sleazo
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer years ago when I first went to Italy. I was only 19 or so and dont really remember it, so here goes another shot. Found it at the Garden in Greenpoint.

A-Light pilsener colour with a steady stream of large bubbled carbonation. The three fingered head quickly dissipated to a large bubbled 1/2 finger soapy foam.

S-I can smell this from a distance away. Smells of some cheese which I cannot put my finger on. A sour apple thing is going on here along with some alcohol. I dont think I like the way this smells but it is potent.

T-Not as bad as it smells but still rather average for what a Belgian Strong Pale or Tripel can offer. The first thing that hits you is a tartness the same Grannysmith apple from the smell. After that it is some metal and alcohol. The metallic twinge lingers as a tickle on the tongue. You get some hops here which I would guess are Czech or German pilsener butu they seem fairly generic in the background.Not too much going on here, there should be a sweetness to balance it out but there isnt.

M-Light and highly effervescent. Still for a Belgian should be thicker.

D-I feel like this is a gimmick, a pale version of what it tries to be which is Duvel. I wont have this again. It isnt a bad beer and I would rather have this than a Bud, but compared to the greats in the style it kind of sucks.

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Photo of Onslow
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

8.5, another duvel clone?? Well, not really
..The big thing here is that the alcohol is masked much better than duvel, but the similarities end there....

Light honey wheat smell...

medium bodied fizzy head, that leaves some noticeable lacing...

witbier type light yellow cloudy appearance...

Taste is mainly a honey bitterness with not much complexity, but that can be a neutral- a starter belgian but most people with some good beer background will find this lacking...

an enjoyable easy drinking beer (man,. how often do i say that!?!)

but it really isn't anything that special...

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Photo of psinderson
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into goblet-type glassware.

Appearance: Mostly clear goldenrod color with an amazing, thick white head. The head looks so much like a great big dollop of whipped cream on top of the beer! Lots of little bubbles floating to the top - looks a bit like champagne.

Smell: A lemony citrus aroma with some apple-like undertones. A bit bready as well. The overall aroma is lighter than I expected.

Taste: A noticeable hop bitterness makes itself known throughout. There's less maltiness than I was expecting and a lack of flavor complexity. For the most part, the alcohol content is well masked except at the end where it makes its presence known. A lingering mild bitter aftertaste that seems a bit unbalanced here.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability: This might go down better without the strange aftertaste. I don't think I could have more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of eberkman
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Publick House. Was in the mood for something I hadn't seen and the bartender said it was like Duvel. Wrong.

Poured a crystal-clear bright yellow with a thin, weak head that diminished to nothing in minutes. Looked almost like a macro lager in appearance. Smell was weak notes of apples and candy sugar. Taste was like carbonated apple juice with a little pepper but with a slight hoppy tinge in the finish. Nothing to write home about. Fizzy and thin-bodied -- very little mouth presence. Reasonably drinkable, but not worth seeking out.

Disappointing. I don't get over to PH as much as I'd like these days and I felt like this selection was a waste on a night I had to drive home.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent Belgian. Cloudy gold pour with a frothy white head. Good aroma of yeast, banana, clove, and orange-peel citrus. Lots of carbonation takes away a little from this beer. Smooth taste, more hops than advertised in the nose. Fruity sweet with a lighter malt profile than expected. Overall, it was kind of like a strong wit.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière blonde de fermentation haute, robe blond clair, mousse fugace
Smell : nez très épicé
Taste and mouthfeel : goût équilibré, amertume en finale
Drinkability : une bière correcte dans le style Belgiuan strong ale

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Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of granger10
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was hoping that this would be a great beer, but I was let down. The appearance is just dreadful to me. Looks like my piss. Even the head looks odd. This beer seemed like it had too many flavors put in and it didn't know how to handle it. So it just made all the flavors weak except for the alcohol which tasted really strong, but not in a good way. The spicyness was good for a time and at times the malts and hops mixed well, but it was weird. At one moment this was a solid beer, at the next this was a horrible beer.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden Amber, slightly cloudy from yeast. Tall head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity.

Taste: Spices (clove and banana) and malt with the presence of alcohol flavor (but not overpowering)

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, crisp with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Great flavor. Packs a punch. I liked this one a lot. Much better than some of the US Microbrewery Tripels I have tasted lately which lacked the estery spice flavors. Guess if you want exceptional tasting Belgian ale you have to go to the source. I will be buying this one again.

Update: I did buy again (4-pack) and was very disappointed. Lots of trub on the bottom of the bottles. Cloudy from yeast is one thing, chunks is another. The flavor was off this time around plus the crap floating around in the glass didn't enhance the experience. This 4-pack may have been sitting around for a long time. Too expensive to risk again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, pale golden color, with a small white head, slight carbonation, abundant fine lacing.

Aroma: Strong aroma of cloves, lemon zest, and a slight yeast note.

Taste: Mildly earthy, hoppy note at the open, with a wave of spicy cloves. A wave of apple and pear rind appears midway through the taste. The high alcohol content is artfully concealed, as it is neither tasted, nor felt as a warming sensation. Finishes with a lingering, mild bitter lemon note.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather idiosyncratic example of the style. Its not terrible, but it is rather offbeat.

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